OPEN CALL – LAGOS BIENNIAL Curatorial Intensive Programme

The Lagos Biennial is proud to announce the first edition of its Curatorial Intensive Programme scheduled 28th October – 2nd November 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria. 

The week-long programme is designed to provide basic technical and theoretical knowledge in the field of curating to emerging curators. Participants will receive first-hand advice from seasoned professionals  for an on-going or future project. The programme seeks to facilitate new approaches in assessing knowledge and approaching topics, situations , and linguistics critical to African narratives and perspectives. Participants will undertake rigorous sessions designed to give precedence to their own world view, while re-assessing popular terminologies and trends which are used to situate Africa in the global art discourse.

Emerging curators working on and off the continent are invited to apply to participate in a one-week intensive programme which will take place in Lagos Nigeria from the 28th October to  3rd November, 2019. The intensive will run through the first week of the Lagos Biennial.

Selected participants will have daily interactions with the Faculty – seasoned curators who will engage the participants in various sessions targeted at passing on practical knowledge and insights from the field.


  • N’goné Fall (Chief Facilitator)
  • George Mahashe
  • Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh
  • Dana Whabira
  • Samuel Leuenberger
  • Patrick Mudekereza

How to Apply

Interested participants are requested to send a one-page letter of motivation via email to: before September 10, 2019.
The email should include:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Country of residence
  • Description of, or links to previous or current curatorial or research projects

Important Information

The Lagos Biennial cannot cover flights or accommodation for participants to this programme. We are happy to help applicants identify possible funding sources and supply letters of support for funding applications.

  • Registration is free.
  • A total of 20 seats are available.
  • Applications are welcome from all over the world
  • All communication and correspondence will be in English. Emerging Curators from across the world are welcome to apply.
  • Selected applicants will be contacted on 12 September 2019

The Curatorial Intensive is supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, with additional finance from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.


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